Literature and Culture

Casa Italiana offers also classes to enrich the knowledge of the Italian culture and literature. 

Each semester there is a new, fascinating course! From Italian movie classics to literary classics, to the study of characters that have made Italy what it is today, Casa Italiana's teachers will show you another side of the "Bel Paese".


During this session we will read “Donne informate sui fatti” by Carlo Fruttero, an author from Torino known for his mystery novels. In this novel, a crime is committed.  Trying to solve the mystery, eight women talk about what they saw and what they did not see.  Eight different viewpoints from eight very different women.  Will there be a connection . . .?  This novel is different and quite interesting. In addition to reading the book, students will complete grammar and syntax exercises as well as write a commentary on what they have read.

Tuition: $320 (10 weeks)

Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM; ONLINE

Instructor: Liliana Lanzano

Starts: April 10 - June 26

GOMORRA by Roberto Saviano

Saviano traces the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, a powerful crime organization. The Camorra uses an elaborate international system to deal in 

drugs, fashion, construction and toxic waste. Through this book, Saviano introduces the world to a new breed of organized crime. 

The class will discuss the book and students will present research proposed by the teacher. 


Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Sec. 1 Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish  ONLINE

Starts: April 10 - June 26


In the Spring of 1227, the Queen of Castiglia mysteriously disappears.

Ignacio di Toledo is put in charge of investigating the matter. He meets with a Magister who mentions a book that could offer some clues. However, the day after, this same person is found poisoned to death. Ignacio surely continues his investigation.

The class will discuss the book and students will present research proposed by the teacher. 

Tuition: $385 (10 weeks)


Tue. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM;

Instructor: Marisa Darvish       ONLINE   

Starts: April 12 - June 28


Selections from movies will provide the mature students with a rich overview of Italian history and society.  Discussions and role play will serve as a pretext for improving conversation skills and fluency, while analyzing the cultural and social aspects of the Italian lifestyle.  Grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary during class discussion. 

Movies: "La dea fortuna" by F. Ozpetek,  "Io non ho paura" by G. Salvatores, "Pane e tulipani" by S. Soldini e "Pinocchio" by M. Garrone.

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks) 

Mon. 6:30 - 9:00PM;

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi        ONLINE

Starts:  April 18 - July 18

The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

ITALIAN TV SERIES - Short Online Course

This course will give students a unique opportunity to familiarize with Italian culture and enhance their proficiency in the Italian language! Students will watch scenes from popular Italian TV series and use them to discuss and learn about contemporary aspects and dynamics of Italian society. Students will also engage in creative linguistic exercises such as: role plays, writing dialogues and scripts for TV programs, and listening comprehension exercises specifically prepared by the instructor. Students will watch clips of the following TV series: Il Commissario Montalbano; L'Amica Geniale; Il Processo and Don Matteo.

The learning material will be provided by the course's instructor.

Tuition: $225 (7 weeks)


Sun. 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM    ONLINE

Instructor: Ingrid Nifosi

Starts: May 22 - July 17

(no lessons on Sunday May 29th and July 3rd)


This course aims to refine listening skills and fluency and to expand vocabulary for students who possess an advanced level of Italian. Through a selection of movies, documentaries, and independent videos, the course will discuss some historical, cultural, social, and linguistic aspects of Italy and its language. The course will adopt a conversational approach, however, grammar and syntax will be reviewed as necessary.


The learning material will be provided by the course’s instructor

Tuition: $385 (12 weeks)

Tues. 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Instructor: Elisa Sartore      ONLINE

Starts: April 19 - July 5